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Friday November 17

17:54
Video: How to disable Hidden Lockscreen...




The iPhone X has a different approach to lock screen notifications. AppleInsider delves into the difference, how to revert it to its previous behavior, and why Apple may have made the decisions that it did.

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16:59
Hands-on with Apple Park Visitor Center’s AR campus...

Apple Park’s Visitor Center opened to the general public for the first time today, and one of the features many people are most excited about is an interactive augmented reality experience that Apple has built to show guests what the new campus is all about. We got a hands-on look with the special app to see how it works.

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16:48
Apple paid $3.3 billion in Q4 dividends as its...




On Thursday, Apple paid its shareholders of record (as of November 13th) a quarterly dividend of $0.63 per share, totaling $3 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter, on stock that has appreciated 46.5 percent so far in 2017.

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15:40
Apple Park Visitor Center opens, hosts gathering of...




Cupertino locals were invited to Apple Park on Friday morning for their first glance at the new Visitor Center overlooking the new headquarters.

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15:28
Here Are All the Apple-Branded Clothes You Can Buy...

Here’s a look at the Apple-branded merchandise you can get at the company’s new Apple Park Visitor Center.


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14:50
Apple's HomePod Gets Delayed Until 2018

Apple has reportedly delayed the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. In a statement to The Verge, Apple says that it needs more time to work on the device. "We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers," an Apple spokesperson said. "We'll start shipping in the U.S., UK and Australia in early 2018." From the report: The speaker was originally set to be released in December. Priced at $349, the HomePod is slated to take on higher-end sound systems like Sonos, as well as smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The cylindrical speaker features a seven-speaker array of tweeters, a four-inch subwoofer, and a six-microphone array, which puts it right on par spec-wise with the best speakers in its price range, but where it may fall short is Siri, which isn't really in the same class as Alexa or Google Assistant. That challenge is likely why...

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14:48
Apple vs. the Competition: The Art of Corporate...

If there’s a theme to this week’s Particle Debris, it’s how some companies are struggling with technology decisions while others, like Apple, seem to have smooth sailing.


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14:45
Happy Hour Podcast 147 | watchOS apps and GymKit...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss changes coming to watchOS apps, the launch of GymKit in Australia, changes in iOS 11.2 beta for iPhone X, iPhone rumors for next year including a larger OLED model and a mid-sized LCD update, and anticipation of HomePod and AirPlay 2.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:42
tvOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 for Apple TV Ready to...

Apple rounded out its Friday developer beta updates with tvOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 for Apple TV.


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14:37
Apology after Japanese train departs 20 seconds early

I’m not only impressed by the apology (even if it seems a little unnecessary) but also by the train scheduling.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:37
Join Our Apple Context Machine Facebook Group

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet launched a Facebook Group for The Apple Context Machine, their weekly podcast for in-depth discussions about Apple and the tech world.


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14:34
Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public

The Apple Park Visitor Center opened in Cupertino, California, Friday morning, welcoming neighbors and guests from surrounding areas to experience Apple Park’s innovations. It’s is an architectural extension of the new campus (the “spaceship campus”) with similar aesthetics in staircases, stone walls and terrazzo floors. 

The Visitor Center’s cantilevered carbon fiber roof appears to float and is only supported by stone clad cores and no other extraneous columns for support. Inviting guests to explore Apple Park in an immersive way, a 3D model of the campus is brought to life by augmented reality technology. 

Visitors can learn about the world’s largest naturally ventilated building and view one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world. They can also choose to lift the entire roof off the building to peek inside to the collaborative office pod layout.

Guests are also welcome to make their way upstairs to the roof terrace for views of the...

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14:28
Apple Releases watchOS 4.2 Developer Beta 4 for...

Along with iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 Apple released watchOS 4.2 Beta 4 for developers on Friday.


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14:24
AWT News Update: November 17, 2017

A very light news day today, so you'll be able to listen to this podcast quickly on your way to drinks with your buddies!

  • The new Apple Park Visitor's Center opened to the public today, complete with swag you can buy
  • Tesla introduces a set of new products that could be very useful to iPhone users
  • Developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 are out

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Friday, November 17th, 2017. 

The new Apple Park campus Visitor’s Center opened to the...

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14:20
Boston Dynamics’ Atlas can perform backflips now

I love how the robot sticks the landing at the end.

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14:18
Apple Rolls Out iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4 for iPhone...

Just a day after releasing macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Developer Beta 4 Apple rolled out iOS 11.2 Developer Beta 4.


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14:10
Microsoft and GitHub Team Up To Take Git Virtual...

An anonymous reader writes: One of the more surprising stories of the past year was Microsoft's announcement that it was going to use the Git version control system for Windows development. Microsoft had to modify Git to handle the demands of Windows development but said that it wanted to get these modifications accepted upstream and integrated into the standard Git client. That plan appears to be going well. Yesterday, the company announced that GitHub was adopting its modifications and that the two would be working together to bring suitable clients to macOS and Linux. Microsoft says that, so far, about half of its modifications have been accepted upstream, with upstream Git developers broadly approving of the approach the company has taken to improve the software's scaling. Redmond also says that it has been willing to make changes to its approach to satisfy the demands of upstream Git. The biggest complexity is that Git has a very conservative approach to compatibility,...

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14:04
Disk Drill PRO Lifetime License: $34.99

We have a deal on a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO for Mac. This data recovery software can recover 200 different file types, and more. The lifetime license gives you access to all future updates and major upgrades, and it’s $34.99 through us.


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14:00
DirecTV Now renews four-month subscription promo...




DirectTV Now has re-started its launch promotion, and is offering new subscribers the new Apple TV 4K if they pay four months of service in advance.

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13:50
A trio of iPhone X cases from PureGear

Although we actually received several iPhone X cases prior to the release of the phone, the true flood of cases designed to protect and/or enhance the looks of Apple’s latest has reached biblical proportions. After Dennis Sellers’ look at a trio of cases from Twelve South this morning, I’m here with three cases from PureGear

Just for clarification, we checked with PureGear and all three of the cases listed here are compatible with wireless charging of the iPhone X. 

Glassbak 360 for iPhone X

The $39.99 Glassbak 360 is a very minimalist case for the iPhone X, more like an aluminum bumper protecting the sides with a tempered glass piece that sticks to the back of the iPhone. 

It’s available in three colors: silver, space grey, and pink. The...

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13:13
9to5Rewards: Still time to win iPhone X & get 30...

In case you missed it last week, you’ve still got time to enter our biggest giveaway of the year. We’ll be selecting a winner to receive a Silver 64gb iPhone X and case bundle in the coming weeks, courtesy of Caseology and 9to5Mac. Head below for a chance to win and get 30% off Caseology cases with promo code “9TO5MACX“. 

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13:05
Get a Free 32GB Apple TV 4K With DirecTV Now

There is a limit of one TV per account, and two per household.


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13:02
Tesla’s battery bank will charge your iPhone with...

For Tesla fans, the Electric vehicle/energy company just put out a iPhone/iPad powerbank “designed and inspired after Tesla’s supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio”.

In case you missed it last night, Tesla put on quite a show – check our sister site Electrek for all the details on the Tesla Semi and 250+mph, 0-60 in 1.9 sec, 1000km range Roadster.  more…

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12:44
5 Cooking Apps to Help You With Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’ve found five cooking apps to help you plan and cook your big meal for friends and family.


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12:09
Live sports integration likely coming to Apple’s TV...

Apple’s TV app is about to become a lot more useful for sports fans. We’re hearing that integration with live sports in the TV app is set to arrive next month. Apple demoed this feature for its TV app on tvOS with Apple TV back in September; the TV app on iPhone and iPad will also include live sports integration when it ships.

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11:59
Apple Officially Delays HomePod Launch Until 2018

If you’ve been saving up your pennies to buy a HomePod before the end of the year put on your patience pants because that’s not happening.


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11:22
Here’s everything you can buy at Apple Park’s...

Apple Park’s Visitor Center celebrated its grand opening to the public today, and 9to5Mac is on the ground in Cupertino to see the new facilities in person. Just like at Apple’s Infinite Loop campus, the Apple Park Visitor Center has a company store with exclusive merchandise not available in other locations. Here’s a look at everything you can buy if you visit the new campus.

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11:06
8 Dark Mode Apps That Look Great on iPhone X

Even if you don’t have the latest iPhone, these apps still look good on any Space Gray/Black/Jet Black model.


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11:00
iLounge Best of the Year Awards 2017

Welcome to iLounge's Best of the Year Awards for 2017! Our team of editors have once again gone through the products we've covered during the past year, highlighting our favorites in a number of categories. Our selections this year were made based on any products we covered — and any apps we used — from Nov. 1, 2016 to Nov. 15, 2017. This year, we have products across 17 different categories, with the usual changes based on what we've seen on…

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10:59
Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2,...




Just a few days after the third betas arrived, Apple has issued new builds of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 and tvOS 11.2 to developers, with increasing frequency potentially suggesting that the public releases could arrive soon.

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10:47
5 Places to Find Cool iPhone X Wallpapers

The iPhone X OLED screen is beautiful, so how do you show off its visual awesomeness? With really cool wallpapers, of course.


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10:28
HomePod Shipping Delay, Listener Comments – TMO...

John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s announced HomePod shipping delay, plus they respond to listener comments to John’s macOS upgrade rant.


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10:18
Apple releases fourth iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, and...

A day after releasing macOS 10.13.2 beta 4, Apple has released the fourth beta version of iOS 11.2 beta for developers. tvOS 11.2 beta and watchOS 4.2 beta are also available for testing.

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09:43
LTE Apple Watches may be able to make emergency...




Although cellular versions of the Apple Watch Series 3 nominally need to be linked to an iPhone number to make calls, they may be able to dial emergency services even if their phone/data service isn't activated.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: ecobee4 Thermostat $199,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:19
Apple delays HomePod till 2018

Here’s one Apple product you won’t find under the tree this year: HomePod. While Apple had originally planned to release its HomePod smart speaker in December, it has now announced that it will be pushed back until early 2018.

In a statement to Macworld, Apple said, “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

The impact on your home: HomePod might not quite have the appeal of iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, or even Apple TV 4K, but it’s still an important product in Apple’s catalog. But it’s more important to get it right. We’ve already seen Google deal with issues related to its mini Google Home unknowingly recording people, and...

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09:05
Apple is served search warrants in connection with...

Texas Rangers investigating the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have served search warrants on Apple, seeking digital photos, messages, documents and other types of data that might have been stored by gunman Devin Patrick Kelley, who was found with an iPhone after he killed himself.

Court records obtained by the San Antonio Express-News show the warrants are for files stored on Kelley’s iPhone, a second mobile phone found near his body and for files stored in his iCloud account.

Apple’s policy regarding iCloud content states that material may be provided to law enforcement agencies if they obtain search warrants. However, when it comes to iPhones,...

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09:02
There’ll be no HomePod under your Christmas tree...

Well, darn. There’ll be no HomePods under Christmas trees this year. Apple says the smart speaker launch will now happen in “early 2018” instead of in December, as expected. Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski tweets the full statement from the tech giant: 

We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.

No specific reasons were given for the delay. However, lots of folks are going to be disappointed. According to a June survey of 2,000 participants, 19% of those who already own Apple products want a HomePod as their smart home speaker...

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09:00
Rewards: Backup Your DVD Collections at the Fastest...

We’d like to thank Digiarty, makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro, for sponsoring 9to5Mac today. They’re offering a Thanksgiving giveaway of 10,000 free licenses for MacX DVD Ripper Pro, one of the fastest Mac DVD ripper apps we’ve found. They’re also offering a limited-availability Black Friday deal on their MacX Media Management suite with less than 200 copies remaining as of the time of this post. more…

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08:59
Apple Park’s Visitor Center welcomes the public with...

Marking the completion of a construction project over a decade in the making, Apple today welcomed the general public to their new campus with a grand opening celebration at the Apple Park Visitor Center.

We first learned about the grand opening last week when Apple posted a notice at the campus and sent out invitations to Cupertino residents. 9to5Mac stopped by the new campus today as the first guests were lining up to take a firsthand look.

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08:57
Apple delays release of HomePod until early 2018

An Apple spokesperson:

“We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.”

I’m disappointed that HomePod won’t be released, but if it’s not ready, Apple is making the right decision. I would rather wait for a couple of months than have a product that’s not working properly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:38
iPhone X: How to not accidentally call 911

Have you accidentally started to call 911 with your iPhone X? I have. Whether you’re just wondering how the feature works or want to make you don’t make an emergency call by mistake (again), follow along.

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08:24
Apple delays HomePod launch until 'early 2018...




Originally scheduled to debut in December, Apple has pushed the launch of its Siri-equipped HomePod speaker into early 2018, saying the company needs more time to complete the home audio accessory.

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08:22
KGI: 2018 iPhones will feature faster pre-5G...

A new report today from KGI shares projections that the 2018 iPhones will include significantly faster baseband chips from Intel and Qualcomm, although Intel will be the main supplier.

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08:18
Apple delaying HomePod smart speaker launch until...

Bad news for Apple customers hoping to purchase a HomePod before the end of the year. Apple has released a statement saying it has pushed the HomePod’s release target into early 2018. HomePod was originally unveiled back at WWDC in June as a preview ahead of a promised December release.

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08:13
Where to get Apple's iPhone X right now for the...




With demand outpacing supply, Apple's new iPhone X has a wait time of 2 to 3 weeks when ordered directly from Apple. If you want the device right now, though, there are ways to lessen the premium and get an iPhone X right away.

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08:12
Faster LTE speeds expected from Apple's 2018...




While current iPhones are limited to 2x2 MIMO technology, Apple is now rumored to upgrade to 4x4 MIMO for its 2018 iPhone models, offering users the fastest cellular LTE speeds available yet in an iPhone.

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07:38
∞ Khan!!!

[VIDEO] Click through to the main Loop post. If you are at all a Star Trek fan, well worth it.

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07:25
iOS 11 'Is Still Just Buggy as Hell'

It is becoming increasingly apparent that iOS 11, the current generation of Apple's mobile operating system, is riddled with more issues than any previous iOS version in the recent years. Two months ago, in a review, titled, "iOS 11 Sucks", a reporter at the publication wrote: I'm using iOS 11 right now, and it makes me want to stab my eyes with a steel wire brush until I get face jam. Gizmodo today reviews iOS 11 after living with the current software version for two months: It's been two full months since Apple released iOS 11 to millions and millions of devices worldwide, and the software is still just buggy as hell. Some of the glitches are ugly or just unexpected from a company that has built a reputation for flawless software. Shame on me for always expecting perfection from an imperfect company, I guess. But there are some really bad bugs, so bad that I can't use the most basic features on my phone. They popped up, when I upgraded on release day. They're still around after...

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07:19
These are the 61 best documentaries of all time

Vogue:

Documentaries can be a hard sell, but it’s one that’s getting easier all the time. Once viewed as something stiff and obligatory, documentary film has, in recent years, risen to the top of the heap—thanks in no small part to some of the earth-shaking, needle-pushing, and ultimately world-changing films that are listed here, which find their focus in war, love, sex, death, and everything in between. And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know.

It’s a list, with all that is good and bad about such things, but a pretty good list.

Note that it’s in alphabetical order.

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07:14
This simple AirPods hack can dramatically improve...

[VIDEO] Thomas Ricker, The Verge:

Since the AirPods are notoriously leaky due to their open-air design, that got me to thinking: what if I could close the air gap to simultaneously block ambient noises while increasing the bass response? That’s when I found this video on the PoltergeistWorks YouTube channel.

I’ve embedded the video in the main Loop post, will dig through my gear to see if I can get my hands on a pair of foam covers that will fit over the AirPods, give this a try.

I do get the premise. The foam covers will make for a better fit and a tighter seal. The big work is poking the holes in the covers to allow the sensors to work properly. Will that improve the sound? Maybe for some.

Regardless, I found it interesting, thought it worth a share.

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07:07
How criminals clear your stolen iPhone for resale

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet lays out one particular attack chain designed to clear your iPhone so they can resell it.

Fascinating, and worth reading, just so you know what might be coming if someone ever gets their hands on your iOS device.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:59
Android smartphones expected to follow Apple's...




Looking to keep up with the competition from Apple's iPhone X, a number of Android smartphone makers are expected to adopt 3D sensors for products launching in 2018.

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06:58
Apple discounts BeatsX, Powerbeats3, and Beats Solo3...

Apple today has three of its Beats headphone models on sale between 20%-30% off the standard retail prices. The discounts apply to Apple’s BeatsX, Powerbeats3 Wireless, and Beats Solo3 Wireless in most colors.

more…

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06:57
∞ [VIDEO] Jeff Benjamin walks through 15+ iPhone X...

[VIDEO] I’m a fan of Jeff Benjamin’s 9to5Mac videos. This one (embedded in the main Loop post) walks through a series of iPhone X tips, all worth knowing.

If nothing else, just knowing how to set up reachability and the ways you can customize the virtual home button make this worth watching.

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06:57
Apple Won’t Accept watchOS 1 App Updates Starting in...

Apple isn’t accepting app updates made with the watchOS 1.0 SDK starting on April 1, 2018. That sounds kind of ominous, but for most Apple Watch owners it’s a non-issue.


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06:51
A new phone comes out. Yours slows down. A...

Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl.

And:

The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.

That’s a myth. While slowdowns happen, they take place for a far less nefarious reason. That reason is a software upgrade.

And:

Tech companies make it simple to upgrade to a new operating system by pressing an “update” button, which seamlessly migrates all your apps and data over. While that’s convenient, it isn’t the best way to ensure that things will continue running smoothly.

A better practice is backing up all your data and purging everything from the device before installing the new operating system. This “clean install” works more...

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06:38
Interview with Apple’s chip chief, Johny Srouji

From the Calcalist interview:

“Silicon is unforgiving,” Mr. Srouji said. “My team is already working on the chips you’re going to see in 2020. You make bets. We have the system and the software. We have better knowledge versus external chipmakers about where things are going to end up. Since we own the silicon, we own the software, the operating system and everything else, we deliver, always. We deliver for the exact specification of iOS and nothing else. We don’t have to worry about other operating systems.”

And:

In 2013, Apple acquired PrimeSense, an Israeli company developing hardware for 3D sensing, and many industry observers speculated about the Apple reasoning for the investment. Mr. Srouji said the team from PrimeSense was involved in the development of Face ID as well as other new features for Apple devices.

“The team in Israel is a key part of the overall engineering team in the U.S. and other areas of the world – wherever we have our R&D...

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06:32
Apple reportedly working with Intel to put 5G modem...

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon)

While it will be some time before 5G LTE becomes standard, Apple is thinking ahead about how to best incorporate 5G technology into its iPhones. According to a Fast Company report, Apple has been working with Intel to incorporate the chipmaker's 5G modems in future iPhones while talks with Qualcomm, the world's biggest modem supplier, have been "limited."

Qualcomm currently has a more advanced 5G modem than Intel does, but Intel reportedly has "multiple thousands" of employees working...

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06:20
Apple starts pushing High Sierra on unsuspecting Mac...

Adam Engst, TidBITS:

If you’re running macOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier, and do not want to upgrade to 10.13 High Sierra right now, be careful because Apple has started pushing High Sierra to older Macs and making it all too easy to upgrade inadvertently. In short, if you get a macOS notification asking you to install High Sierra, click the Details button to launch the App Store app, and then quit it.

I am not a fan of the TidBITS headline here, but I do get the point. Though the update notification does call out an upgrade to macOS High Sierra, it does look like most other updates. And as many users do when they are confronted with a license agreement or privacy policy, it is very easy to click Install without reading the details.

This is good to know, worth passing along to folks in your community running older Macs.

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06:16
A year later, AirPods remain basically unrivaled as...

Benjamin Mayo, writing for 9to5Mac, makes a solid case for the AirPods being the best truly wireless earbuds you can buy.

I love mine, love the sound, love the design, love the convenience. One of my all-time favorite Apple products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac, Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a lifetime license for Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac for only $34.99 — that’s 70% off the regular price. Disk Drill Pro makes it easy to recover documents, music, photos, videos, or even whole partitions that have gone missing from your computer, and with only a single push of a button, Disk Drill can ferret out and recover over 200 types of files on your computer. You can even recover deleted files from…

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05:52
Apple, Intel engineers reportedly working on 5G tech...

Apple is seriously eyeing Intel’s version of of 5G for a future iPhone, reports Fast Company, quoting an unnamed “source with knowledge.”

The article say engineers from the two companies have been working on 5G, the upcoming tech for next-generation wireless broadband. That makes sense considering Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, the the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors. The 5G technology standard is under development as the Internet of Things and an increasing number of mobile users create demand for next-generation wireless infrastructure. 

Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips offer more specialized carrier features, but Fast Company says many won’t be widely adopted by...

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05:43
Special delivery: Apple rush orders giant...




Days after a massive pane of glass shattered at Apple's upcoming downtown Brooklyn retail store, the company received a replacement piece Friday morning, custom ordered from German glass manufacturer Sedak.

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05:31
U.S. pay TV loses a half million subscribers in the...

The cord cutting continues. A Leichtman Research Group study finds that the largest pay-TV providers in the U.S., representing about 95% of the market, lost about 405,000 net video subscribers in the third quarter of 2017 — a big jump compared with a loss of about 250,000 subscribers in quarter three (3Q) of 2016.

The top pay-TV providers now account for 92.2 million subscribers, and breaking down the results by segment, the top six cable companies (Comcast, Charter, Altice, Mediacom, Cable ONE and one unnamed private company) lost about 290,000 video subs in 3Q 2017 — very much accelerated from the loss of about 90,000 in 3Q 2016. Together they have 48.1 million subs.

The satellite TV services (DISH Network and DirecTV...

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05:13
AppleInsider podcast talks rumored iPhone X Plus,...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the iPhone X lineup for 2018, the supposed Face ID 'hacks', and a major motion picture shot entirely on iPhone 7 Plus.

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05:00
Apple patent filing involves virtual instrument...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170330539) for user interfaces for virtual instruments. It involves the user interfaces of GarageBand on macOS and iOS, and Logic Pro X on the Mac.

Virtual musical instruments, such as musical instrument digital interface (MIDI)-based or software-based keyboards, guitars, bass instruments, and the like, typically have user interfaces that attempt to closely resemble the actual instrument. When a user selects an element of the user interface, the virtual musical instrument attempts to play a note, a combination of notes, chord(s), etc., to simulate playing the actual instrument. 

Apple says that, w=While these instruments are enjoyable to amateur and experienced musicians alike, they may not be satisfactory to users hoping for a more authentic experience. For example, some physical instruments and/or musical genres may be associated with certain stylistic features such as a particular playing style, picking technique,...

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04:36
Mac concept imagines a refreshed mini form factor w...

With 3 years now gone by since the last Mac mini update, it’s one of Apple’s long running product lines ripe for a complete overhaul. That’s likely why industrial design student Louis Berger’s latest concept envisions a miniature desktop Mac but with a much more modern approach. He’s dubbed the idea “Taptop Computer Concept,” but at its core it’s essentially a new form factor for Mac mini with a built-in Touch Bar and more.

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04:30
Twelve South serves up two great iPhone X cases (and...

Twelve South is known for creating great products to enhance the Apple experience and that’s not changed with its new cases for the iPhone X. 

The $59.95 BookBook for iPhone X is a wallet case, hands-free stand and removable shell all wrapped up in a vintage leather book. It has pockets to hold your ID, cards and cash. 

The BookBook can fold into a display stand for hands-free usage, and a removable shell protects the next get smartphone in or out of the case.

BookBook for the iPhone X sports an upgraded card slot and wallet design to prevent stretching and pilling and adds a dark interior finish to better resist dirt and dust.

The inside of the BookBook is covered in a soft felt to ensure the smartphone has a cozy ride wherever you take it. And taking it anywhere is easy to do due to the case's lightweight, slim...

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04:00
How to close an app in iPhone X

Some folks close apps on their iPhones to free up memory and stop background refreshing. Others close ‘em when apps get unresponsive. If you need to force quit apps on the iPhone X, here’s how:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the smartphone screen, then pause with you finger in the middle of the screen for a second until the apps appear. 
  • Touch and hold the app, then swipe up to close it.     
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04:00
BTV brings local TV to your phone and desktop for...

There's a new way to watch local TV on your PC or smartphone—for free. Didja, a Silicon Valley-based company, is taking over-the-air TV channels and packaging them for streaming to a smartphone app.

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03:31
Spotify for iPhone X is now available with updated...

It’s been two weeks since the iPhone X hit the market and many popular apps are still awaiting updates to take advantage of the taller 5.8-inch display. Spotify is the latest major app to update for the iPhone X.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 17, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has announced Retoucher 9.0, an upgraded of its photo restoration software. The new version offers a number of Color Correction parameters, the flexible Crop tool, as well as the Vignette option that lightens/darkens the image at its perimeter.

AKVIS Retoucher helps to remove dust, scratches, date stamps and other unwanted details from photos. Also, it’s possible to improve image composition and reconstruct missing parts using the information of the surrounding areas. On the Mac platform, AKVIS Retoucher requires macOS 9.0.12 or higher. 

The product is available as a standalone application and as a plugin filter...

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03:15
iPhone X shipping estimates drop to 2 to 3 weeks in...

iPhone X shipping times have improved in the United States and Canada, so if you were hoping to snag one for your special someone for the holidays, it looks like you’ll beat the buzzer.

The shipment times, which were at 3 to 4 week estimates, have improved to 2 to 3 week estimates in the United States and Canada since the handset became available in early November.

The new 2 to 3 week shipping estimates for North America follow improved shipping estimates in countries across Europe and Asia Pacific.

Apple has also apparently been sending out iPhone X pre-orders more quickly than expected with a number of users who were expecting their devices to arrive in late November or December having them show up at their doorsteps.

Apple retail stores are also receiving regular shipments and customers who check stock on Apple.com early in the morning and use stock-tracking tools like iStockNow have been able to make purchases with no wait time.

The...

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03:00
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 update, offers fix for...

If nothing else, the iOS 11 updates are arriving fairly quickly.

Apple released its iOS 11.1.2 update on Thursday. The update, which can range from a few hundred megabyte to a 2.43 gigabyte download, offered the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.

– Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X.

iOS 11.1.2 can be installed either via iTunes or via the Software Update feature.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.1.2 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer

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03:00
Avoid Black Friday crowds! Get a deal on 8 Mac apps...

Most Black Friday deals mean you have to wake up at the crack of dawn, stand in a line in the cold, and then fight complete strangers to get some electronic gizmo. We've got a better idea for. you; sleep in next Friday and bask in the warm feeling of knowing that you were able to get a heck of a deal on eight Mac apps for $39 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Our Black Friday Mac Bundle is filled with apps and utilities to make using your Mac more enjoyable and productive. 

What do you get with the Black Friday Mac Bundle?

  • PDF Expert 2.2 ($59.99 value)
  • Roxio Toast 16 Titanium ($99.99 value)
  • ...
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03:00
OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.2

Adds JavaScript automation support and improves overall performance when opening and using larger files. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 38.7 MB)

 

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00:01
Comcast, Verizon, and Sony are also after Fox's...

Talk of Disney eyeing Fox's assets has ignited the interest of more media juggernauts. The new batch of contenders includes Comcast, Verizon, and Sony's entertainment arm, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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22:26
Two airlines are bringing faster WiFi to their...

Two airlines have made moves to upgrade their WiFi offerings today. Cathay Pacific Group will provide GoGo's 2Ku satellite-based broadband technology starting in 2018 and Emirates has partnered with Thales to bring 50Mpbs connectivity to its Boeing 7...

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21:37
Tesla unveils new Semi with a 500 mile range,...




Elon Musk's Tesla has debuted its semi truck that was previously expected with a 500 mile range between charges, and also unveiled a new roadster capable of going 620 miles -- with the ability to go zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds.

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21:04
Tesla reveals a new Roadster, due in 2020

At Tesla's Semi event, the automaker dropped its new Roadster. It'll have a 620-mile range via a 200kWh battery pack."You'll be able to travel from LA to San Francisco and back without recharging," CEO Elon Musk said. The new Tesla Roadster will do z...

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20:44
IK Multimedia ships iRig Keys I/O keyboard MIDI...




K Multimedia has added another device to its audio interface line, introducing the iRig Keys I/O as pair of MFi-certified MIDI controllers that can be used to create music on an iPhone or iPad, using its included keyboard or via another instrument or microphone using the device as a preamp.

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20:33
Tesla unveils its vision of the future of trucking

At an event adjacent to SpaceX, the Tesla Semi (yes, that's its name) electric truck was introduced with the same pomp and circumstance the company uses for all its automobile launches. The tall, slick big rig follows the Tesla minimalist design lang...

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19:51
KeyCue 8.6

Adds the new Tioga theme and updates the Tenaya theme. (€19.99 new, free update, 3.8 MB)

 

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19:34
Apple dominates all electronics, jewelry companies...




A report from a conflict mineral advocacy group puts Apple well ahead of other companies including Google, Microsoft, and Intel in efforts to develop supply chains of metals outside of conflict zones like the Congo.

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19:32
SpaceX's mysterious Zuma mission won't...

We still don't know what Northrop Grumman commissioned SpaceX to launch for the US government, but whatever it is won't get there tonight. In a move that leaves Elon Musk's calendar open for the Tesla electric semi-truck reveal (still scheduled for 1...

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18:29
Time includes iPhone X in its list of '25 Best...




Time Magazine has named the iPhone X as one of the '25 Best Inventions of 2017,' calling Apple's flagship mobile device 'arguably the world's most sophisticated smartphone' over its new display, its augmented reality applications, and the inclusion of Face ID.

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18:07
Apple Design Chief Jonathan Ive on the iPhone X: We...

I haven’t always agreed with Apple’s (and therefore, Ive’s) design decision but I always enjoy hearing from Ive and parsing out how his sometimes veiled explanations of his design philosophy informs Apple’s products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:56
Denise Young Smith Will Leave as Head of Apple’s...

Ms. Young Smith moved to the position in May after a three year stint as head of Apple’s Human Resources, and she will be replaced by Christie Smith, a 17 year veteran of consulting firm Delloite.


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17:54
Zagg unveils Slim Book keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad...

Ahead of the holiday shopping season, Zagg today has announced a new Slim Book keyboard case for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new case also includes a dedicated holder for the Apple Pencil and is available now for $119.99

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17:44
EA pulls in-game purchases from 'Star Wars:...

The launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II has been marred by controversy over the game's loot system. While players can earn bonuses like new heroes, equipment and vehicles by playing to earn credits that purchase loot crates, they could also buy more...

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17:25
Google cracks down on linkbaiting through AMP

Google officially launched its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in February 2016 to be lightweight versions of source websites that used a lot less bandwidth. But some webmasters have deliberately included less content in their AMP editions with a link...

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17:25
The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light

The Federal Communications Commission has approved plans for the launch of next-generation TV broadcasting that could include 4K programming, improved interactive services and greater targeted advertising.

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17:10
Apple, Intel engineers reportedly tightly engaged to...




Apple may completely ditch Qualcomm for a 5G modem in the future, with a new report claiming that iPhone engineers are working closely with Intel to deliver gigabit per second wireless speeds.

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16:51
Report: Apple working closely with Intel on 5G...

Apple is reportedly working closely with Intel on a future iPhone with support for 5G wireless broadband. Fast Company reports that Apple engineers have been “engaged” with Intel in talks about early work on 5G, while work with Qualcomm has been “limited.”

more…

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16:37
FCC repeals restrictions on consolidation of media...

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed a handful of rules that it said were keeping the media industry out of the digital age, the Washington Post reports. The decades-old regulations were implemented in order to keep a diversity...

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16:31
∞ “What’s a Computer?” iPad Pro ad

As Apple says, “With iPad Pro + iOS 11, a post-PC world may be closer than you think.” Brilliant.

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16:03
Record and Live Stream Animoji with AnimojiStudio

If you have an iPhone X and want to record Animoji longer than 10 seconds, and don’t want to have to send your creations to someone just so you can save them, AnimojiStudio has you covered. The Maccast’s Adam Christianson turned me on to the app, and it’s pretty awesome. You can record and save Animoji videos without Apple’s built-in 10 second cap, and you can live stream your Animoji-fied self on services like Periscope. AnimojiStudio is free, but comes with a catch: it uses Apple’s private APIs so it isn’t on the App Store. You’ll need a paid or free developer account and Xcode to compile and install the app, or sideload the precompiled IPA file.


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16:01
Amazon Prime's sports streaming expands with...

Like other streaming services, Amazon has been hunting for sporting events to feature on its Prime Video platform. Earlier this year, the company took over NFL Thursday game livestreaming from Twitter. Today, the company announced it's snagged rights...

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Apple announces that it won't accept app...




Apple has issued guidance to developers, suggesting that it will discontinue support for watchOS 1, with updates for apps limited to that version no longer accepted after April 1, 2018.

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